Midland League, 10/8/13

James Brewer claimed two wins as Cheltenham Harriers men’s middle distance squad dominated the Midland League Division One fixture in Birmingham with six wins and two second places from their eight events. After a 58 second opening lap Brewer controlled the 800m A race from the front for a 1:53.31 victory before Dan Owen finished second in the B race with a personal best of 1:56.09. Just twenty minutes later Owen was a clear winner of the 3000m steeplechase with a 9:45.84 clocking with Roger Mullins claiming maximum points in the B string in 11:03.95. Brewer then returned to the track to move clear of the field with a fast last lap for a 3:55.71 win whilst Rhys Park was the leading B runner in a personal best of 4:01.46. Dave Roper had to settle for second in the 3000m in 8:48.60 as he was outkicked in the final 200m but Darren Jordan took the B string win in a new Harriers veteran record of 9:19.97.

Neil Crossley gained the team’s only A string win in the field with a 55.87m javelin victory after earlier placing second in the shot with 12.48m. Further shot success came with Jamie Courtenay returning from injury to win the B event with 11.59m before taking second in the pole vault with a height of 3.40m. Linton Gardiner came second in the high jump with a 1.90m clearance, a position matched by Imran Qureshi who set a pb of 1.75m in the B competition. For the women’s team Annabel Sherry scored well with a second place in the shot with 12.33m and third in the discus with 30.12m. The women’s middle distance squad set five personal bests between them with Phoebe Hobbs running 2:29.71 in the 800m and Beth Hawling breaking the five minute barrier for the first in the 1500m with 4:54.61. Jo Wilkie lowered her 3000m and 1500m bests to 11:10.55 and 5:11.11 respectively whilst Rachel See clocked 11:44.93 in the 3000m. With the team finishing fifth on the day this meant the Harriers remained sixth in the final league standings and will spend next season in the second division.

For further Harriers performances see the full results.